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Abortion: BMA will lobby Northern Ireland Assembly over failure to commission services

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1616 (Published 30 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1616
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

The BMA will continue to lobby Stormont to commission safe and accessible abortion services in Northern Ireland after a highly charged debate on the matter at the association’s annual representative meeting in Brighton on Tuesday.

A motion highlighting that the Stormont assembly has deliberately failed to commission sufficient and safe abortion services within Northern Ireland, endangering the lives of women and depriving them of their rights under the Human Rights Act 1998, was passed by the meeting despite ethical and political objections raised by doctors speaking against it. Multiple points of information were raised to correct facts or clarify statements made by these speakers.

Milan Kapoor, who proposed the motion on behalf of the medical students conference, said that in 2020, 371 women from …

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